Nurse involved in royal phone prank was found hanged, say reports
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead in the nurses' quarters near King Edward VII hospital in London last Friday, leaving behind a note for her husband, Benedict Barboza, and their teenaged children Junal and Lisha.
Sources for various UK media outlets, including the Guardian and Sky News, have confirmed that Saldanha's body was discovered hanged in her room. A post-mortem was completed Wednesday and results will be released Thursday.
Saldanha was the nurse who answered the phone from two Australian DJs who were impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles in a prank call. She spent just a few seconds on the line with them before transferring the call to the another nurse stationed on the floor where the duchess was being treated for acute morning sickness. The prank call continued for a few minutes as a nurse answered some questions about Kate's condition.
Three days later, Saldanha, who had worked at the hospital for four years, took her life. According to the Daily Mail, her family was unaware of her involvement in the hoax until after her death. The nurse's family lived in Bristol and she had been staying in London and commuting back home on her days off.
Anger was immediately directed at the 2Day FM radio station, which has pulled the program and its hosts, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, off the air. In the wake of the tragedy, the station, while saying it did nothing illegal, has promised a minimum $500,000 to Saldanha's family.
The family, right, plans to have burial rites for Saldanha in her native India. They are demanding that the hospital conduct an inquiry into the circumstances around her death.
"She clearly loved her job, loved her work, cared deeply about the health of her patients, and what's happened is a complete tragedy," British Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament on Thursday. "There are many lessons that need to be learned."
In this image made off video footage recorded Monday for the program "A Current Affair" by Australia's Channel Nine, radio DJs Michael Christian, left, and Mel Greig express their remorse at the death of Jacintha Saldanha after they made a prank phone call to the hospital.